Emergence Magazine

Silent Crescendo

by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

This short film follows artist Slobodan Dan Paich, an émigré of former Yugoslavia, in his daily ritual of creating simple drawings with tea and ink. These fluid works reflected Slobodan’s desire to slow down in his search for a wellspring of deep, internal intelligence.


Slobodan Dan Paich was born in Yugoslavia after the Second World War. His career as a professor and artist spanned decades and continents. He founded San Francisco’s Artship Foundation and served as its Director and Principal Researcher. He served as a board member of the Society of Founders of the International Peace University in Europe and Asia, and was chair of the Committee on Arts and Culture. Slobodan has delivered numerous papers at international conferences, which address tangible and intangible heritage, comparative cultural studies, migration of peoples, craft techniques, and ideas.


Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is an Emmy- and Peabody Award–nominated filmmaker and a Sufi teacher. His films include: Earthrise, Sanctuaries of Silence, The Atomic Tree, Counter Mapping, Marie’s Dictionary, and Elemental. His films have been screened at New York Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, and Hot Docs, exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum, and featured on PBS POV, National Geographic, and New York Times Op-Docs. He is the founder and executive editor of Emergence Magazine.


Directed by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Produced by Dorothée Royal-Hedinger
Edited by Elias Koch
Cinematography by Elias Koch
Sound recording by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Music by H. Scott Salinas
Sound mix by D. Chris Smith

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